gchss Systems Of Knowledge

What is Systems of Knowledge?

Systems of Knowledge (SOK) is an interdisciplinary two year course offered at Intermediate Level. It forms an integral part of the Matriculation Certificate Programme of studies and is compulsory for admittance into the University of Malta. As clearly stated in the syllabus it aims to:

  • Develop a body of knowledge that candidates need in order to acquaint themselves with the chosen fields of human experiences, within the Euro Mediterranean tradition.
  • Promote an awareness of values.
  • Afford opportunities of going beyond the traditional limits of particular disciplines and gaining insight into different systems of knowledge.
  • Develop the candidates' ability to view ideas, and situations from a wider standpoint than that of a single discipline and react to them.
  • Explore a number of values in particular areas, within a civic, cultural and historical framework.
  • Develop a positive attitude towards the areas concerned.
  • Develop a set of skills necessary to transform acquired knowledge into practice.
  • Promote critical and creative thinking and communication skills.
  • Inculcate sensitivity and sensibility towards social, political and historical realities.

The SOK syllabus is divided into four main modules:

Module 1: Democratic Values and Citizenship

Module 2: Aesthetic Values, Art and Culture

Module 3: Scientific Values and Technology

Module 4: Sustainable Development and the Environment

The complete Systems of Knowledge Syllabus can be downloaded here.


MATSEC Assessment:

Systems of Knowledge is assessed through a 3 hour examination where the students are expected to write an essay either in English or in Maltese on each module covered during the course. Candidates must demonstrate that they have a comprehensive understanding of the themes as identified in each module.

Students are also required to present a Project Portfolio which involves a task with hands on experience and must reflect the knowledge, attitudes, values, and skills as identified in the course work. It must also illustrate the relationship of science and technology with the selected area.

The final Systems of Knowledge grade will be allocated in the following manner:

Written examination – 60%

Project Portfolio – 40%

Note that a pass in the 3 hour examination paper is required for the candidate to obtain an overall pass (grade A to grade E).


The SOK course at the Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School:

During the first year, three modules are covered, namely ‘Democratic Values and Citizenship’, ‘Aesthetic Values, Art and Culture’ and ‘Sustainable Development and the Environment’. During the second year, the module ‘Scientific Values and Technology is covered together with examination paper preparation.

The following are the names of SOK teachers with reference to the module they teach.

Module 1

  • Mr. N. Bezzina

Module 2

  • Mr. S. Florian
  • Mr. S. Stellini

Module 3

  • Mr. G. Gauci (Head of Department)
  • Mr. P. Debono
  • Mr. C. Hili

Module 4

  • Mr. S. Agius Darmanin
  • Mr. C. Hili
  • Mr. G. Gauci
  • Mr. P. Debono

Main student textbook:

Louis Lagana’ and Louis J. Scerri (ed.), SOK: Systems of Knowledge – A Multidisciplinary Approach (Agenda 2006, Malta)

Additional reference material is given by teacher or is listed in the textbook.

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